Becker, a Harvard Medical School
graduate, runs a neighborhood medical practice. He is easily annoyed by things such as a flickering street lamp, noisy neighbors, the couple having very loud sex in the apartment above him, or his numerous failed attempts to quit smoking. Becker has a personal superstition that "All midgets
are bad luck, whenever I see one, something bad happens to me". He has been married and divorced twice and is very stingy. He is an atheist and is politically liberal, though he hates political correctness.
Despite his gruff nature, Becker exhibits moments of kindness, and genuinely does care for his patients, choosing to remain in a run-down Bronx neighborhood because that’s where he is needed. He often accepts gifts, such as baseball tickets, from patients who cannot afford to pay him.